Way back when this thread and this project started, I was thinking and asking about the possibility of using the original Marvel fridge door on a new unit. The Marvel was 110 volt only and the box was toast anyway, so I knew that a gas fridge was in the future. I've continued to think along those lines and a few weeks ago bought a Dometic RM2510 which seemed to be the closest in dimensions.
But reality is different than dreams and plans and I started having second thoughts as soon as I opened the new unit's door and saw all the storage in the door that would go away if I used the Marvel. The usable space is taller in the Dometic too, so I'd have to box off the lower section which would get rid of the crisper. So, I could make it work, but did I really want to?
The Hospice team has been coming for Pam (and me) every week and often we meet them at the trailer, so they've all been getting pushed for advice on fridge doors, and laminate and curtains and floors too. They helped me through a really rough emotional time since Christmas too. They are the best.
So the end result of all this is that the Marvel door is out, at least for now and Baltic birch is in the Dometic frame. Depth has been a problem on the install too and it was solved with the replacement of a section of inside skin with a piece that curves and is buck riveted to the outside skin (thanks to my buddy Jim). I also had to lower the unit as much as possible, down to the top of the wheel well, to help with the depth. After quite a bit of work, it fits fine in the cabinet now.
Most of this week I've been working on the vent hood for it, using some of the old interior aluminum that was replaced by the birch. I'll do another post on the outside vent which is in and the louvered panel for the intake air which is now being fabricated.
Finally, I got a new stove as well, thinking it made more sense for function after the change in plans on the door. It also solved a clearance problem with the water heater that would have been tough with the Princess stove.
That stove, the original 3 burner Princess is certainly available now for anyone who would want to come pick it up.